From grand palaces to Buddhist temples, from white sandy beaches to tropical forests, Thailand is the land of smiles. And most Thai adventures begin in Bangkok.
In this Taiwan episode Joseph leaves the forested heights of Taroko National Park and continues his explorations of Taiwan’s small, cultural mountain villages. In their historic “Old Streets” he explores artisan shops, local restaurants and colorful temples for a hearty taste of Taiwanese culture.
Joseph explores Taiwan’s most stunning natural attraction and national park – The Taroko Gorge – which highlights the mountain beauty, villages and cultures of Ilha Formosa.
From its serpentine coastline and towering mountains to its verdant forests and remote offshore islands, Taiwan’s natural beauty is surprising. Yet, while it may be far from what the casual visitors expects, Taiwan’s nine national parks and thirteen national scenic areas have much to attract and mesmerize the nature lover.
Myanmar or Burma, by either name, and both are acceptable, exudes an aura of the exotic, mysterious and alluring. Even the names of its former capitals, Mandalay and Rangoon, evoke a lyrical glow. Yet, it’s the magnetism of its ancient temple architecture that draws visitors to the valley of the Irrawaddy River.
Part 2 of Joseph’s Mekong River journey through Cambodia and Vietnam finds him in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh where he embarks on a tuk-tuk tour of the city’s highlights.
During Part 1 of Joseph’s Mekong River voyage through Cambodia and Vietnam he travels from the temple mountains of Angkor and its UNESCO World Heritage sites, to the river towns and villages of the Mekong river valley.
Joseph returns to Taiwan to follow in the path of Taiwan’s Matsu Pilgrimage, said to be the largest religious procession in the world, and to explore the islands named in the deity’s honor.
Joseph’s Portugal adventures reach into the country and cross over the border on an Iberian Peninsula exploration that reveals some of the unknown aspects of Portuguese life and its complementary relationship with its Spanish neighbor.
In his Bordeaux, France adventure Joseph tours the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bordeaux and the small wine making and exporting villages that comprise the region. Along the way he experiences castle visits, gourmet dinners and spectacular encounters with the history, art and music of the area.
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